Pride 34: Kamikaze was a mixed martial arts event held by Pride Fighting Championships on April 8, 2007 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. This was the last Pride show promoted by Dream Stage Entertainment before the sale of the company (see Pride Worldwide).

Background Edit

Although Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua were negotiating with Pride to compete, Silva did not participate because of a medical suspension received from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The commission had stated that if a Japanese doctor cleared Silva for competition, they would consider lifting the suspension three days early, but this did not come to fruition. Gilbert Yvel was originally slated to fight Bazigit Atajev, but Atajev withdrew due to an internal disease.

Prior to Pride 34 Nobuyuki Sakakibara stated that he had a "surprise announcement" which he would release during the event. This announcement turned out to be a guest appearance by Kazushi Sakuraba who had left Pride nearly a year prior to join rival promotion HERO'S. Kiyoshi Tamura joined Sakakibara in the ring and teased a potential matchup in a future Pride event. Sakuraba had initially expressed his wish to fight either Wanderlei Silva or Kiyoshi Tamura on the card but in the end neither fight materialized.


Pride 34 event poster2

Original event poster for Pride 34. Note that Wanderlei Silva is present on this poster.

Japan flag Yoshihiro Nakao def. Brazil flag Edson Drago

Nakao submitted Drago at 9:51 in the first round with a neck crank.

United States flag Eric "Butterbean" Esch def. Brazil flag Wagner "Zuluzinho" da Conceição Martins

Esch submitted da Conceição Martins at 2:35 in the first round with a keylock.

Japan flag Makoto Takimoto def. Croatia flag Zelg Galesic

Takimoto submitted Galesic at 5:40 in the first round with a Straight armlock.

Netherlands flag Gilbert Yvel def. Japan flag Akira Shoji

Yvel defeated Shoji at 3:04 in the first round by technical knockout.

England flag James Thompson def. United States flag Don Frye

Thompson defeated Frye at 6:23 in the first round by technical knockout.

Japan flag Shinya Aoki def. Netherlands flag Brian Lo-An-Joe

Aoki submitted Lo-An-Joe at 1:33 in the first with an armbar.

Cameroon flag Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Brazil flag Ricardo Arona

Sokoudjou defeated Arona at 1:59 in the first round by knockout.

United States flag Jeff Monson def. Japan flag Kazuyuki Fujita

Monson submitted Fujita at 6:47 in the first round with a rear naked choke.

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